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March 14, 2006

H&I Fires* 14 Mar 06

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

ALa is having a confab in the comments on the fate of military deserters. Go join in the discussion. As far as I'm concerned, catch 'em when you can, continue to pay the bounty, and let the services deal with them as they wish under the UCMJ.

Donnie... um, er, *overshares* at Cadillac Tight. Yeah, that's it. Overshares.

Fuzzybear Lioness has a very interesting update on Valour-IT. If you haven't given to that charity lately (and especially if you've discovered you should have given more to charity for tax purposes last year) take the time while you're there and kick a little more in the kitty.

Tough isn’t what you wear, it’s what you are. Captain Z puts out a good rant. But you can stay out of my family affairs, Z, thank you very much! H/t to Mostly Cajun, who's living in the FEMA-torium, making coffee.

1SG Keith tells stories about picking on the handicapped. Geez, pick a target that can fight back, whydoncha?

What's this? The Snarkatron goes all fuzzy and balanced on us? Izzis what we pay for? There's a disturbance in the Force!

I gotta put the trash out. You guys are up.

Oh, wait! Note to SWWBO - I really *did* get the trash out. - The Armorer

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I know I'm late to the story - but Mother Sheehan's Crusade in Europe turned out to be a fizzle in the drizzle. -The Armorer

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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